Latest HarperCollins UK Stories

2009-04-29 06:36:59

Obtaining permission to release a book in electronic form can be as lengthy a process as writing the story itself. HarperCollins UK announced last week that they would be the first to release J.R.R. Tolkien's "Lord of the Rings" trilogy in an electronic format.  Obtaining permission to release the trilogy electronically took six years of negotiating. "The Tolkien estate wanted to be absolutely confident that e-books were not something ephemeral," says David Brawn, of HarperCollins UK....

2006-03-07 07:44:09

LONDON -- Amazon.com came under fire from Britain's book publishing and retailing industries on Monday even as the debate raged over a perceived threat presented by Google Inc. The chief executive of HarperCollins UK, said she feared the online book seller more than the Web search leader, which has created a stir with plans to digitize every book. "We all want to talk about Google, but personally I see Amazon as a bigger threat because Amazon has shown a lot of signs that they actually want...

Word of the Day
  • A terrible or repulsive person.
Regarding the etymology of 'humgruffin,' the OED says (rather unhelpfully) that it's a 'made-up word.' We might guess that 'hum' comes from 'humbug' or possibly 'hum' meaning 'a disagreeable smell,' while 'gruffin' could be a combination of 'gruff' and 'griffin.'